Innovating Ways to Solve Youth Mental Illness

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Young people are more likely to experience mental illness or addiction than any other population group. But only 20% of youth actually get the treatment they need - and most only receive care once they reach a crisis point. We need your support to help develop new approaches to youth mental health care.

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A troubling trend

Rates of mental illness and addictions among youth aged 16 to 24 are on the rise. The number of youth in our community living with mental illness and addiction is now a complex and critical problem. We need to find solutions.

Many young people are dealing with challenges that impact their mental health and make it harder for them to get the care they need - like poverty, trauma and discrimination, their developmental stage, how they communicate and the stigma of mental illness. 

Solving the problem of rising youth mental illness and addiction won’t be easy. That’s why we need a coordinated, innovative and collaborative approach to create systemic change.

Working together for better mental health care

St. Joseph’s is partnering with the Mental Health INcubator for Disruptive Solutions (MINDS) to establish a social innovation lab (SIL) where researchers and care providers can gain new insights and identify opportunities to improve the health care system for young people.

The MINDS core team will work closely with people from a variety of sectors, including education, social services and the justice system. This collaborative approach will help them build a mental health care system that is more integrated, more supportive and more welcoming to young people so that they feel comfortable reaching out for help when they need it. 

The MINDS lab is boldly attempting to shift the health care system for youth in our community. It’s the first social innovation lab focused on mental health in Canada.

Funding Need: $451,141

“This isn’t about band-aid solutions or incremental change. This is about being radical. About being disruptive.”

Dr. Arlene Macdougall
MINDS Director, 

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    Dr. Gillian Kernaghan